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It's Romeo and Juliet knee-deep in carnage, staged with Jacobean fury, lurid sensuality and high style by the recklessly gifted Chereau.
A model of heaving, combustible history, in which period lavishness and performance energy aren't mutually exclusive.
Death seems to linger in every inch of the frame, yet the film lives and breathes like few others.
Though Queen Margot's sound, sets, costumes, and camerawork collectively stun, Chéreau prioritized his actors, and he gave his ensemble ample freedom to perform.
The achievement of Chereau's film is to reveal the people, in all their squalor and occasional grace, behind the myth of royalty -- that, and to make two-and-a-half hours zip by.
Queen Margot is one of the great modern historicals. This is not a polite drawing-room story of men in tights and women in ruffled collars.
That's a lot of plot-and plotting-to sort out, and while Chéreau and co-writer Danièle Thompson occasionally fail to explicate it clearly, the center of the film holds strong.
Among its many other accomplishments, 'Queen Margot' deserves a special prize for its inventive use of poisons - one receives "death by book."
will linger in memory long afterwards
Everything's scenery, even the story.
Lively as spectacle shot at authentic locales.
Serving as opening night of the 1994 Cannes Festival, this bloody account of French royalty divided critics, often along national lines, eliciting debates of French versus Hollywood cinema; good production values help this overlong violent saga.
Historical drama of epic proportions, sumptuous yet gritty, held together by fine performances from Isabelle Adjani, maidenly, distant, yet passionate and Virna Lisi as the villainous Catherine de Medici. Labyrinthine yet compellingly flamboyant.
This film should be considered a classic, but instead, I'm afraid, it's considered completely underwatched, underappreciated, and underrated, and it's deserving of so much more!
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